Monday, 9 September 2013

The stupid roundabouts in Kalgoorlie

You may know I dislike roundabouts. I have written about them previously.  The City of Kalgoorlie has a unique dangerous version for anyone on a bicycle.  At first glance there seems to be a convenient bicycle lane on the approach to the intersections.

Don't be fooled, it is really just an odd type of drain with traffic island.  It is designed to force motor vehicles into a narrow lane as they enter the roundabout.  Across the top of the drain is a steel plate with sharp edges.

The plate is a continuation of the footpath, it is used instead of having ramps. The streets are very wide and these steel plates are positioned directly across the desire line when riding.

This is not just a one-off, these things are everywhere. Sometimes they are positioned on the exit from a roundabout, sometimes on the entry. Almost always, exactly where we would want to ride.

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